Welcome to the University of Washington Mortar Board Tolo Chapter webpage. It is our intention that this webpage is passed down from class to class, passing on the core values of scholarship, leadership, and service.

Mortar Board is a certified national honor society recognizing college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership and service. Founded in 1909, the Tolo Chapter of Mortar Board is the oldest continuing honor society on the UW campus. Among UW Tolo Chapter alumni are civic leader and UW Regent Mary Gates, philanthropist Marion Oliver McCaw, and formerWashington State Attorney General Rob McKenna. NFL quarterback and philanthropist Drew Brees, former Director of the National Science Foundation Rita Colwell, astronaut on the Challenger Judith Resnik, as well as diplomat and educator Condoleezza Rice are among many distinguished Mortar Board alumni throughout the country.

Each year, up to 40 students are selected for membership in the Tolo Chapter of Mortar Board. Members of Mortar Board are a diverse group of individuals who have excelled in academics and have demonstrated excellent leadership skills. Our members are actively involved in service to the community.

Teaching Award Chair Claire’s take on what makes Mortar Board stand out

“Something I love about the Mortar Board is its long history at UW—it has been around for over 100 years! As the first national honors organization that included college senior women, Mortar Board recognized women’s scholarship during a time when other honors societies did not. Likewise, our members truly embody Mortar Board’s values of leadership, […]

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President Marium on why she values Mortar Board

“Being the president of Mortar Board has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate career. I’ve had the opportunity to connect with a diverse group of students who are highly motivated, and passionate about service, just like me. I also feel blessed to be continuing the history of Mortar Board, which is […]

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Communications Chair Connor on how Mortar Board creates community

“Due to the size of our school, it can oftentimes be difficult to develop relationships with your peers–especially those outside of your chosen majors. As members of Mortar Board, we have an invaluable opportunity to make an overwhelmingly large community at the University of Washington more approachable. The group is made up of students with […]

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